Together, Janis Ian and Tom Paxton are powerful & irresistible.
Two of America’s greatest songwriters share the stage for an evening of stories and songs. Each with ties of the classic Greenwich Village folk scene, Tom Paxton and Janis Ian are nearly a generation apart yet share a slew of folk influences as well as an affinity for fearlessly tackling controversial issues. Paxton emerged in the days of hootenannies and wrote his share of what were then called protest songs, but he also wrote songs about love, humorous, and for kids. Many became off-covered standards, including ‘Bottle of Wine,’ ‘Ramblin’ Boy’ and ‘The Last Thing on My Mind.’ At 15, Ian had a major pop hit with the then-provocative ‘Society’s Child,’ a taboo-busting meditation about an interracial romance. She re-emerged a decade later in the mid-70s with her biggest hit the reflective ‘At Seventeen,’ which won a GRAMMY®. She remains an unflinching topical commentator.
JANIS IAN is an American songwriter, signer, musician, columnist and science fiction author. Ian first entered the folk music scene while still a teenager in the mid-1960s. Most active musically in that decade and the 1970s, she has continued recording into the 21st century. She has won two GRAMMY® Awards, the first in 1975 for her song "At Seventeen," and the second in 2013 for Best Spoken Word Album, for her autobiography, Society’s Child (nearly 40 years later).
TOM PAXTON has become a voice of his generation. In describing Tom Paxton’s influence of his fellow musicians, Pete Seeger has said: “Tom’s songs have a way of sneaking up on you. You find yourself humming them, whistling them, and singing a verse to a friend. Like the songs of Woody Guthrie, they’re becoming part of America."
Tom received a 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Recording Academy during the 51st Annual GRAMMY® Awards. He was nominated for a GRAMMY® for Comedians and Angels in 2007, and Live in the U.K. in 2006. He has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from ASCAP, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the BBC in London.
FREE LONG ISLAND SONGWRITER SHOWCASE Sat. 3/7 @ 2 PM
In keeping with the Patchogue Folk Festival tradition, there will be a FREE show “Live in the Lobby” featuring nine Long Island Singer-Songwriters showcasing the vibrant Patchogue original music scene. Featuring: Hank Stone Band, He-Bird She Bird, Grand Folk Railroad, Anne Crean, Leah Kay, Bill Shuren, Chris Carlozzo, EVT Band and Sim Urivetzky.